Fun Summer Unit Studies: Butterflies

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Summer is the perfect time to study all things creeping, crawling, and flying. Lots of children are fascinated by caterpillars and the metamorphosis they undergo.

Your little learners can enjoy our Very Hungry Caterpillar unit study and printables.

Your older students will absorb lots of information from our Butterfly Lapbook lessons and printables.

Butterfly Lifecycle Craft

Check out this simple pasta craft depicting the lifecycle of the butterfly.

Supplies Needed: shell pasta, bow tie pasta, spiral pasta, 3 navy beans, a twig, green construction paper (for leaves), and a paper plate.

Directions: Ask your student to draw a + on her paper plate. Write the four stages of the lifecycle on the plate: eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Cut out two leaves from the construction paper. Glue one to the eggs section. Add three beans for eggs. Glue another leaf to the caterpillar section. Add the spiral pasta. Glue the twig to the chrysalis section. Add the shell pasta. Finally, glue the bow tie pasta to the butterfly section. Add antenna with a marker.

Easy and effective!

If you’d like to give your butterfly study a boost, add other snack, craft, project, and art ideas from our butterfly themed Pinterest board.

This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Summer Hopscotch. Check out the other blogs to find oven free meals, summer nature studies, frugal summer fun, and more!

Fun Summer Unit Studies: Camping

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Camping provides so many learning opportunities for your children, and our Camping Adventure Lapbook gives you the tools to capture those learning opportunities!

You will find lessons and printables to help your child delve into all sorts of topics:

First Aid
Poisonous Plants
The Five Senses
Bird Identification 
Making a Fire & Fire Safety
Maps & Cardinal Directions 
Spotting Constellations
and more!

You can add some games, crafts, and recipes to your adventure, too! Check out our Camping Adventure Board on Pinterest.

This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Summer Hopscotch. Check out the other blogs to learn more about teaching music history, keeping your kids in the Word, and planning your homeschool year.

Fun Summer Unit Studies: The Zoo

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Are you hitting the zoo anytime soon? You can extend one fun field trip into an entire week of learning!

We have tons of zoo themed learning at Homeschool Share.

Toddlers will enjoy matching and counting with this little “lapbook” based on Eric Carle’s book, To the Zoo.

We also have a unit study based on the book Goodnight Gorilla— lively learning for preschoolers.

Older students can learn gobs about animals (habitats, classification, communication, and so much more) with our We’re Going to the Zoo unit study. It contains almost 50 pages of lessons and activity pages!

Last, but not least, be sure to check out our Zoo Learning Pin Board. You will find more zoo animal lapbooks along with ideas for zoo snacks, zoo crafts, and more!

Have fun with Zoo School!

This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Summer Hopscotch. Check out the other blogs for summer boredom busters, summer sensory activities, and summer art projects!

Fun Summer Unit Studies: Ice Cream!

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Yesterday, my son made an observation, “Mom, you can study anything! You could even study something like the history of the umbrella!” Then he was quick to reply to his observation, “Not that anyone would want to study that.”

Well, I’m sure someone out there does want to study the history of the umbrella, but the majority of us — not so much.

But I can think of a topic that is sure to please many: ice cream!

If you can truly study anything (which you can), then ice cream is at the top of my list.

You can learn about geography, inventors, graphing, estimation, food processing, freezing, and pasteurization. You can practice alphabetical order, design an ice cream carton, make ice cream in a bag, and even have fun with some poetry. Yes, all those things (and more!) can be part of an ice cream unit study, and are a part of the one found at Homeschool Share!

If you’d like to add some art, craft, or cooking ideas to ice cream school, try our Ice Cream Pinterest Board.

Enjoy your sweet ice cream study!

This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Summer Hopscotch. Check out the other blogs and find ways to make homemade Father’s Day gifts or download some free color-by-number printables!